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Summary

I am a UX Designer and Accessibility geek that has a passion for technology and learning. I love to work together with software and design firms, communicating application design principles and strategies for ongoing development. My aim is to create better interfaces and experiences for the user, making the web, application's and technology easier for the user.

I strive to become part of a team dedicated to continual growth with opportunities for advancing myself on both on a personal and professional level. 

Online Portfolios

Experience

06-2018Present

Human Factors Engineer Associate

General Dynamics IT

Public Trust Clearance

  • UX Responsibilities
    • Analyzes information architecture - Builds sitemaps, wireframes, prototypes, and/or documentation that articulate site and application structure and organization.
    • Captures web-based system requirements including brand message, user experience, user interface, and operational/usability requirements translate into prototypes and wireframes
    • Coordinate with other content managers and web site designers for developing standard operating procedures
  • Accessibility Responsibilities
    • Remediate websites for compliance for 508 standards and accessibility. 
    • Increased 508 compliance by 35% to a total of 94% compliant on multiple sites.
    • Responsible for training developers on best practices for A11y 
    • Accessibility testing experience for visual impairment, hearing impairment, and motor skills impairment
    • Responsible for validating websites for WCAG 2.0 level AA compliance 
    • Responsible for training developers on the use of assistive tools for accessibility testing (Siteimprove, Lighthouse)
  • Developer Responsibilities
    • Utilize with modern frameworks to develop responsive, mobile first projects on the web
    • Translate user stories into usable interfaces
2014Present

Freelance Web Developer

Pixel Pixie Web Design

Freelance web developer and UX Designer with accountability for marketing and selling services, managing all client relationships, creating contracts, controlling budgets and designing/developing accessible websites and web-based applications for clients. 

  • Knowledgeable of web designing and development using the latest tools and techniques
  • Developed browser-compatible websites using HTML and CSS
  • Consulted with clients to outline website goals, illustrate wireframes with Invision, and site functionality with Lighthouse
  • Developed user-friendly architecture with simple and consistent  site navigation, social media links/widgets, and organizing site content 
  • Validated site by testing JavaScript, Flash, CSS3, and HTML5 codes to ensuring cross-platform compatibility
  • Maintained websites by updating content, implementing new technology and monitoring performance
  • Ensured accessibility compliance for 508 
  • Past Projects:
06-201512-2017

Office Manager

Facilities Services, Inc.
  • Manage 5 Million Dollars in renovation projects for Marriott, Hyatt and other hotel chains
  •  Cooperatively managed and monitored the labor expenditures of engineering, fabrication and installation personnel over the course of the project and communicate (upward) any issues that impact profitability.
  • Managed Accounts Receivable/Accounts Payable in Quick books
  • Processed contracts
  • Notarized contracts
19962017

Owner-Entrepreneur

Wellness for Mind, Body & Spirit by Yvonne Dreptate

Owned and operated wellness business

Education

2016Present

Full Stack Web Development 

Flatiron School,NYC

Awarded the  Birchbox Women Take Tech Scholarship

1996

English

Alverno College
  • Grade: 4.0
  • Activities and Societies: Creative Writing Club

Certifications

User Experience Track UX

Interaction Design - Profile with Certifications

The Interaction Design Foundation (IDF) is a non-profit global education initiative that provides Ivy League-quality UX and interaction design courses. 

Current Certifications:

  • Human-Computer Interaction - HCI
  • User Experience: The Beginner’s Guide
  • Gestalt Psychology and Web Design: The Ultimate Guide
  • Design Thinking: The Beginner's Guide

Siteimprove

Current Certifications

  • Accessibility for Leadership 12/06/2018
  • Accessible Purchasing 12/06/2018
  • Auditing Websites for Complaint Resolution 12/06/2018
  • Making Accessibility a Priority in Your Organization 12/06/2018
  • Accessibility for Web Developers 11/21/2018
  • Testing for Digital Accessibility 11/21/2018
  • Digital Accessibility for Developers - Part 2 11/21/2018
  • Digital Accessibility for Developers - Part 1 11/20/2018
  • Making Accessible PDFs 11/20/2018
  • WCAG 2.1 - New and Improved 11/20/2018
  • Using the Siteimprove Intelligence Platform for Digital Accessibility 09/12/2018
  • General Digital Accessibility Basics 09/12/2018

Deque University
  • Accessibility Fundamentals - Disabilities, Guidelines, and Laws
  • Designing an Accessible User Experience
  • Semantic Structure and Navigation
  • Images, SVG, and Canvas
  • Visual Design and Colors
  • Responsive Design and Zoom
  • Multimedia, Animations, and Motion
  • Device-Independent User Input Methods
  • Form Labels, Instructions, and Validation
  • Dynamic Updates, AJAX, and Single-Page Apps
  • Custom JavaScript/ARIA Widgets
  • Basic Accessibility Testing Methods and Tools
  • Accessibility Testing with Screen Readers
  • Accessibility Fundamentals - Disabilities, Guidelines, and Laws 1
  • Accessibility Fundamentals - Disabilities, Guidelines, and Laws 2
  • Fundamentals of the Law and Technical Standards
  • Accessibility Fundamentals - Disabilities, Guidelines, and Law
  • Accessibility Testing with Screen Readers

GDIT
  • PII Training for privileged users 06-2018
  • General Cyber Security Awareness (CSAT) 2018/19
  • Information Security Awareness 2018/19

Organizations

01-2017Present

TechLadies

Founding Member

Tech Ladies started as a small coffee meetup in NYC and has grown into a robust and worldwide community of more than 10,000 women who work in tech.

2016Present

Hear Me Code

Member

Hear Me Code Teaching Python to beginners

09-2016Present

Women Who Code

Member

Women Who Code  is global non-profit with a set of programs for engineers to help build the careers we want.

08-2015Present

Notary Public

American Association of Notaries

State of Maryland Notary

Client Portfolio